BRONX, N.Y. – Junior Cassidy Weimer led all Hawks with an eighth-place finish in a field of 82 racers to lead the Saint Joseph's women's cross country squad to a fourth-place team finish in a field of seven squads at the 2016 ECAC Championship, held at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks turned in an average 5k time of 19:29.60 to turn in 128 points. James Madison won the race with 32 points. 

Weimer and sophomore Lindsey Oremus (10th) earned All-ECAC honors for placing in the top 25.

Paced by an average 1k time of 3:45, Weimer crossed the finish line in 18:42 to earn her first collegiate All-ECAC honor.

Oremus followed up in 18:48 for SJU's second All-ECAC honor of the meet. 

In her final collegiate cross country race, senior June Chiango (33rd, 19:51) finished as SJU's #3 runner, while freshman Meridith Twomey (38th, 20:03) and junior Caroline Keegan (39th, 20:04) rounded out SJU's scorers.

Sophomore Britton Gagliardi (40th, 20:04) and freshman Emily Bracken (48th, 20:20) crossed as SJU's #6 and #7 finishers. 

The Hawks have finished as one of the top teams at the ECAC Cross Country Championship three times in the last four years, with back-to-back fourth-place finishes (2015, 2016) and a third-place showing in 2013.

Chiango raced her final collegiate cross country race as a member of the Championship Race roster, while senior Maggie Malloy capped her collegiate cross country career by winning the ECAC Coaches Race by over nine seconds, in a final time of 20:44.7.

Of note, senior captain Sarah Regnault missed the race, but caps an outstanding cross country career on Hawk Hill by scoring in six of her seven races for the Hawks this year, including as SJU's #2 runner (58th) at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship and #3 finisher (20th) at the Atlantic 10 Championship. 

Saturday's ECAC Championship Race and Coaches Race marked the conclusion of SJU's 2016 cross country season. Saint Joseph's 2016-17 indoor track and field season is set to begin Saturday, December 3 at the Jack Pyrah Invitational, hosted by Villanova University at Haverford College's Alumni Field House. 

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